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Another executive order. Another lawsuit.

For opponents of President’s Trump new immigration ban, the latest executive order is more “second verse, same as the first.”

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has joined Washington, California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Oregon in a multi-state lawsuit against President Trump’s second executive order on this controversial issue.

Along with his fellow attorneys general, Schneiderman filed an amended complaint that documents damage that will be inflicted on their states. He believes it to be unconstitutional, referring to it as “a Muslim ban by any other name.”

Papers were filed to support the continuation of the previous national stay upheld last month by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The attorneys general argue that the revised immigration ban should also be included in that stay.

The new order replaces the prevision version struck down by a federal appeals court on February 9. It temporarily halted immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, temporarily stopped refugees from entering the country, and barred some green card holders who already were living in the U.S.

The replacement order removes Iraq, reducing the number of countries to six that include Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya. A shut down of the refugee program remains.

Currently, foreign-born residents in New York number more than 4.4 million, including 13,000 born in one of the six countries named in the second executive order. About 400,000 or two percent identify as Muslim.

Immigration law continues to be a fluid issue. An attorney who stays on the cutting-edge of the continuing changes is perhaps the best resource immigrants can have.

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